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Holiday Villas – Canefield

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Photography by Renata Macrelli

Long hot sunny days are guaranteed here in the BVI and one of life’s great pleasures is to spend time relaxing at home enjoying the views and the sunshine; however, this summer has been challenging for property owners as there has been very little rain. On July 9, 2015, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) shared some statistics for the period January to June 2015 which showed that only 3.5 inches of rain had fallen, with most of that falling before March.

By way of comparison, during the same period in 2014, rainfall totalled just under 14 inches. As a result, the BVI has been on drought watch for a number of months, but extended periods without rain are not uncommon here. Therefore, if you are currently designing or building a house or are simply low on water, these tips will help.

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Residential Sales – Rawleigh Hill House

Landscaping:  Although there is currently an abundance of flamboyant trees in full bloom with their deep orange flowers lighting up the hillsides, there are many plant species that are suffering from the lack of water. Easy tips for protecting your residential gardens include:

Pools: Swimming pools can lose about a quarter of an inch of water a day through evaporation; more depending on the wind and sunlight intensity. That is over an inch and half each week which demands regular pool top ups.

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Residential Sales – The Stone House

Cisterns:  It is easy to take water supply for granted until you don’t have any. Understanding how much water on average you are using is important and this varies from household to household. It is possible for a couple to go through 3,000 gallons in 10 days whilst a family of five can make 2000 gallons last six weeks. Know your usage so you can manage supply.

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Residential Sales – Villa Taino

Keep hydrated and enjoy these long sunny days – and if all else fails it is worth remembering that in the BVI, rum can sometimes be cheaper than water.